Hello and welcome!
Reaching out for support can be scary, especially if you are new to therapy. But I want you to know that I am here for you ! We will work together to achieve your goals and work through any crises that you are facing.
I received my master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2012, and I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Missouri. I initially started as a career counselor, specializing in work with clients who were receiving government assistance. I provided case management services to help clients overcome obstacles including obtaining housing, childcare, food security, etc. to eventually find gainful employment. From there I transitioned to a medical social work role for a major health system. I specialized in providing grief counseling, crisis counseling/intervention, and acute support to patients and families who were affected by critical, complex and chronic illnesses. I have experience in disease management, medication compliance, coping with a new diagnosis or chronic illness, as well as situational depression, PTSD and trauma surrounding a difficult medical diagnosis to both clients themselves, and their loved ones.
I also have experience working with patients transitioning to hospice and end of life, as well as clients affected by suicidal ideation. I like to use solution focused, client centered and motivation interviewing therapy techniques, however I always start where you, the client, are and we go from there! I love getting to know my clients and being able to provide not only a listening ear but also tools and techniques to help you reach your goals, overcome your fears, and/or find ways to positively cope with whatever stresses you are facing. I pride myself on being available to my clients, as we will work at your pace and engagement level. We can communicate via your preferred method, or a combination.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Coaching, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 2020001243
I love Allison. I would say that when she offers advice it is quality advice. You feel heard. Not judged. And the strategies she offers are thoughtful and effective.
Written on Jan 02, 2021 after therapy with Allison for 2 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders